One by one the names of 270 Minnesota law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty were read.
From Mathew Hamilton to Joshua Lynaugh, the list included names of those from police departments, county sheriff's departments, the Minnesota State Patrol, state departments and federal offices.
"We are proud to have these heroes among us," said Gary Revier, Redwood Falls mayor, as he welcomed those who had come to the community for the 31st annual Law Enforcement Memorial Associ-ation (LEMA) ecumenical service.
The purpose of the service, said Jeff Beahen, LEMA president and Rogers Police Department chief, is to ensure those who paid the ultimate sacrifice are always remembered and honored.
Among those recognized during the ceremony was Lawrence Felcyn, who was killed in the line of duty in 1973 as a member of the Redwood County Sheriff's office. His nephew shared a few thoughts about Felcyn.
"He was in the navy from 1959-71 and when he got out he went into law enforcement," said Mike Felcyn. "His life was short, and he died much sooner than we would have wanted."
Yet, said Mike, his legacy lives on in family who continued to promote kids staying away from drugs.
Sue Lange, wife of Gregory Lange, a police officer killed in the line of duty in 1988, honored the memory of her husband in this the year of the 25th anniversary of his death.
"Greg enjoyed life. He was a man who could talk to virtually anyone," said Lange. "He lived and breathed his job."
While Lange said the dark days since his death may be gone, she continues to make sure his memory lives on and his first grandchild learns about him.
"We are here to keep the legacy of these 270 officers alive," said Beahen, adding the hearts of those who work with LEMA are truly in making sure the memories of these officers lives on and their sacrifice is honored.
Beahen looked into the audience in the sanctuary of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and said he believed this was one of the most well attended services he has been involved with, and expressed his appreciation to those who came.
Revier also commended and expressed words of thanks to the police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers and other officers on hand recognizing them for their commitment to protect and serve the people of Minnesota.